Michigan State vs. Indiana fearless prediction and game preview.
Michigan State vs. Indiana Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 28
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Network: Big Ten Network
Michigan State (3-1) vs. Indiana (3-1) Game Preview
Why Michigan State Will Win
The defense is every bit as good as last year’s version, and the offense working now.
There was a fear that the Spartans would revert to their 2018 offensive woes, and then they came out and rocked Northwestern 31-10 without a problem. Meanwhile, the defensive side held a team to ten points or fewer in three of the four games this season, it’s beating up everyone’s ground game, and the pass rush is wreaking havoc.
Indiana doesn’t and can’t run.
It’s fine, and Stevie Scott is effective, but the Hoosiers have to throw to win, and that’s going to be a problem.
IU hasn’t allowed a touchdown pass in either of its last two games, allowed three touchdowns so far, and it’s been able to dominate at attacking the ball when it’s in the air with six picks.
Only nine teams are allowing fewer yards per pass than the 5.4 the Spartans are giving up. IU needs to throw for at least eight yards per throw to have a chance, and that’s not going to happen.
Why Indiana Will Win
The Hoosier offense might just have the passing game to give the Spartans problems.
Northwestern hasn’t been able to throw this year, Arizona State has been hit-or-miss with freshman Jayden Daniels, and Tulsa isn’t doing much. Western Michigan was able to throw well, but Michigan State was already dominating and took its foot off the gas.
Indiana has an efficient passing game that might have Michael Penix back after he missed the last few weeks banged up. Against UConn, Peyton Ramsey was more than fine, hitting 85% of his passes or 247 yards and three scores. He’s not going to do that against Michigan State, but he’s able to produce if he gets a little time to operate.
So far, the Hoosiers have a little bit of a defense, too. Ohio State ripped the IU D to shreds, but that’s Ohio State. If the pass rush is working and the defense does its job on third downs – allowing just a 30% conversion rate so far – Michigan State might just go back to the Arizona State version where it moves the chains, but doesn’t produce from it.
What’s Going To Happen
The Michigan State defense will rise back up yet again.
It’s a different year and a different team, but going back to the end of last season, the Spartans haven’t allowed more than two touchdowns in eight of their last ten games.
Indiana won’t get shut down to a dead stop, but it’s not going to produce on a consistent basis with no ground game whatsoever. Michigan State’s offense won’t be anything amazing, but it’ll be just solid enough to get up early and leave the rest to the other side.
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